Education: Top Speller

Behind the banquet table in St. Louis' Sheraton Hotel one night last week, a round-faced man sat beaming at the dozens of guests who had come to honor him. He was a man that a whole generation of schoolchildren should have known, for Waldo P. Johnson had revolutionized the spelling book.

Before he began his revolution, just 25 years ago, "W.P." was school superintendent of Fornfelt, Mo. (pop. 1,200). Then one day he heard that the school board was considering somebody else for the job. Face to face with politics, Waldo Johnson resigned.


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